Not good Enough

When I measure myself by other people, one of two things happen. Either I am not good enough or I am better by comparison. However, when I use God's ruler, I always come up short on holiness. Always. There is just no way that my goodness even comes close to His greatness!

The enemy loves to tell us that we are better than we really are.  He did it to Eve. In the book of Genesis, everything God made was good. Even the trees were good for food. The first mention of evil is in regards to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:9,17). God said not to touch it or eat it. "Did God really say that you could eat of every tree in the garden?", whispered the serpent. Eve's current level of knowledge was not good enough for her, so she desired to be wise "like God" as the serpent suggested. We often figure that what we have, what we drive, our relationships and our money are simply not enough. We crave more than our current paradise.



In this passage, the enemy actually contends that God's ruler is incorrect. He asserts that what God said was in error and that we deserve whatever we want, whenever we want it....like, now! It's such a sneaky deception. He plays on our discontent by comparing us to God. He knows that if we recognize who God is, that our only right response is always pure obedience because we can't get on His level! Really?

Going head to head with omnipotence and omniscience is utter foolishness!

 When we do not stay in our God-given lane or our "scope of practice" in nursing terms, we start to look around and stray off the path for our own lives. We think "Maybe I need to get on tv, start a podcast, do a screenplay". "I need a better car". "My kids have to have the same toys as their kids". "I need a husband/wife like THAT ONE!". Adam and Eve had it all. Every tree. All the food. No guilt. No shame. No problem. They had enough until they were led by their lust to covet more.


Once our eyes are trained on what is "not good", we often forget how good what we already have is.

I want us all to try something ok? Look around you. Examine your life. What good do you see? You have so much. You are so blessed, so rich. So why be unsatisfied and discontent? Practice gratefulness and appreciation instead. Find a way to remember all the things that you asked God for that He gave you. Walk around your living space and pull out some old things that you forgot about. Remember those pictures from that amazing trip? Look at all the food you have in so many different palaces! Do you have friends, family, a job, clothing, shelter, money? Then what are we whining about?

God has given us EVERYTHING that pertains to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) Let's learn to enjoy it!

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